Forty Two riders presented themselves to the Race Manager to contest a Mass Start Road Race up Norfolk Road, just as large raindrops began to fall, not that the riders noticed that. Most riders were too busy jostling for position in the peloton and attempting to hold the wheel of the rider in front, and react to surges in speed each time one of a small number of riders attacked trying break the elastic and form a break away. Those attacks came from Simon Pumfrey, Eddy Kuipers, Erik D’Arbois and Ben Knight. Each of the attacks was rapidly closed down so about seventeen riders hung onto wheels and prevent the breakaway all the way up to the turn at the top of Norfolk Road. One rider then lost a wheel close to the turn and another at the turn itself.
But for all the other riders the damage was well and truely done with those early surges in speed. As riders get dropped it is then a case of working out if you could find other riders to form bunches to work with or whether it is time to do some Individual Time Trial training, and settle into a solo effort for the duration of the race, and hope that you don’t get caught by anyone behind you!
It was fabulous to see that both junior boys – Finn and Caleb Roberts remained in that big bunch throughout the race, to finish high in the overall results. The only woman to stay in the front bunch and contest the sprint finish was Emily Lutyens. Congratulations to Derek Roberts who took out the sprint finish just ahead of Eddy Kuipers and Simon Pumfrey on the long course. The second woman to finish, Lesley Mouat, was one the riders to end up completing an ITT. Kirsten Goodin, third woman found herself working with a small bunch to finish a few minutes down on the lead group.
For the short course riders, (who turned at the one-lane bridge) contending a Mass Start in the midst of the long course riders was something of a novelty. In this race the Junior Girls were in good form. Sydney Blackburn cleverly managed to slide her way nicely into a bunch of long course riders and stayed with them on the way out, thus managing to ride away from all the other short course riders, who had positioned themselves further back at the start. Contesting second place in a sprint finish Kate Speedy just had the edge over Scarlett Freeman.
Commiserations and Chocolate Fish award tonight to Ben Knight who was comfortably in the front bunch when he experienced a mechanical issue. Ben stopped to try and sort this out, and then rode back mainly on the grass verge on a bike that sounded rather sick.
Once again, very many thanks to the race management team and to John and Deb Allen for after-match refuelling.
Next week is a Graded Road Race around the Francis Line, Carters Line, Hughes line circuit.
PS. Don’t forget to put your entries in for Sunday’s ACM hosted Interclub race – on-line entries need to be in by Thursday. And also while you are on the website signing up to race – or offering to Marshall if you can’t race, the book yourself in for the joint social on 23rd March.
|6||46||Derek Roberts||0:44:46||1st Man|
|7||101||Eddy Kuipers||0:44:46||2nd Man|
|8||70||Simon Pumfrey||0:44:46||3rd Man|
|11||48||Caleb Roberts||0:44:47||1st Junior Boy|
|13||40||Finn Roberts||0:44:48||2nd Junior Boy|
|15||89||Emily Lutyens||0:44:48||1st Woman|
|22||5||Lesley Mouat||0:47:52||2nd Woman|
|25||60||John Allen/Donna Burkhart||0:50:46|
|26||34||Kirsten Goodin||0:50:59||3rd Woman|
|38||74||Rod Sutherland/Peter Jones||0:57:34|
|20||92||Phil Sutherland||DQ crossed centre line|
|1||78||Sydney Blackburn||0:37:32||1st Junior Girl|
|2||0||Kate Speedy||0:39:26||2nd Junior Girl|
|3||11||Scarlett Freeman||0:39:31||3rd Junior Girl|